BMW Championship (PGA Tour)

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BMW Championship
BMW Championship (PGA Tour) logo.png
Tournament information
LocationWilmington, Delaware
Course(s)Wilmington Country Club
Length7,534 yards (6,889 m)
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$15,000,000
Month playedAugust
Tournament record score
Aggregate260 Keegan Bradley (2018)
260 Justin Rose (2018)
To par−27 Patrick Cantlay (2021)
−27 Bryson DeChambeau (2021)
Current champion
United States Patrick Cantlay
Location Map
Wilmington CC is located in the United States
Wilmington CC
Wilmington CC
Location in the United States
Wilmington CC is located in Delaware
Wilmington CC
Wilmington CC
Location in Delaware

The BMW Championship is a professional golf tournament which is the penultimate FedEx Cup playoff event on the PGA Tour schedule. Introduced in 2007, the BMW Championship was previously known as the Western Open. The Western Golf Association, which founded and ran the Western Open, runs the BMW Championship. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, the PGA Tour named the BMW Championship its Tournament of the Year.[1] The BMW Championship is the longest running regular PGA Tour event on the calendar outside of the four major tournaments.

Tournament format[edit]

The BMW Championship is open to the top 70 PGA Tour golfers following the FedEx St. Jude Championship. With only seventy players in the field, there is no 36-hole cut. FedEx Cup points amassed during the regular PGA Tour season and then during The Northern Trust determine the participants. The top 30 FedEx Cup points leaders following the BMW Championship advance to final playoff event, The Tour Championship, where the FedEx Cup Champion will be determined.[2]

The BMW Championship was primarily held at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois, southwest of Chicago. In 2008, it was held in Missouri at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, a suburb west of St. Louis. In 2012, the Ryder Cup was contested at nearby Medinah Country Club, and the championship was moved to Indiana at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, north of Indianapolis. It was contested in Colorado in 2014 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, a suburb south of Denver.[3]

The 2015 BMW Championship was played at the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois; Jason Day scored a personal record of 61 (−10) during the first round[4] and won the event with a score of −22. The 2016 edition returned to Crooked Stick near Indianapolis, where Dustin Johnson won with a score of −23.[5] Aussie Marc Leishman cruised to victory at the 2017 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Western Open[edit]

For a detailed history of this event, including a list of its champions, see Western Open.

The Western Open was first played 124 years ago in 1899. For many years, the Western was played in and out of the state of Illinois, before eventually settling down in the Chicago area. The Western Golf Association (WGA) ran the Western Open throughout its entire history (1899–2006), and continues to run the tournament under its new title. These are, however, two entirely different events in terms of playing format and invitational criteria. The Western Open was like any other regular PGA Tour stop – although it was once considered to be one of golf's majors. The BMW Championship is part of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and only the top 70 FedEx Cup points leaders at the start of the BMW event will be eligible to play.


Year Winner Score To par Margin of
Runner(s)-up Purse
share ($)
2022 United States Patrick Cantlay (2) 270 −14 1 stroke United States Scott Stallings 15,000,000 2,700,000 Wilmington, DE
2021 United States Patrick Cantlay 261 −27 Playoff United States Bryson DeChambeau 9,500,000 1,710,000 Caves Valley, MD
2020 Spain Jon Rahm 276 −4 Playoff United States Dustin Johnson 9,500,000 1,710,000 Olympia Fields, IL
(North Course)
2019 United States Justin Thomas 263 −25 3 strokes United States Patrick Cantlay 9,250,000 1,665,000 Medinah, IL
(Course 3)
2018 United States Keegan Bradley 260 −20 Playoff England Justin Rose 9,000,000 1,620,000 Aronimink, PA
2017 Australia Marc Leishman 261 −23 5 strokes United States Rickie Fowler
England Justin Rose
8,750,000 1,575,000 Conway Farms, IL
2016 United States Dustin Johnson (2) 265 −23 3 strokes England Paul Casey 8,500,000 1,530,000 Crooked Stick, IN
2015 Australia Jason Day 262 −22 6 strokes United States Daniel Berger 8,250,000 1,485,000 Conway Farms, IL
2014 United States Billy Horschel 266 −14 2 strokes United States Bubba Watson 8,000,000 1,440,000 Cherry Hills, CO
2013 United States Zach Johnson 268 −16 2 strokes United States Nick Watney 8,000,000 1,440,000 Conway Farms, IL
2012 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 268 −20 2 strokes United States Phil Mickelson
England Lee Westwood
8,000,000 1,440,000 Crooked Stick, IN
2011 England Justin Rose 271 −13 2 strokes Australia John Senden 8,000,000 1,440,000 Cog Hill, IL
2010 United States Dustin Johnson 275 −9 1 stroke England Paul Casey 7,500,000 1,350,000 Cog Hill, IL
2009 United States Tiger Woods (5) 265 −19 8 strokes United States Jim Furyk
Australia Marc Leishman
7,500,000 1,350,000 Cog Hill, IL
2008 Colombia Camilo Villegas 265 −15 2 strokes United States Dudley Hart 7,000,000 1,260,000 Bellerive, MO
2007 United States Tiger Woods (4) 262 −22 2 strokes Australia Aaron Baddeley 7,000,000 1,260,000 Cog Hill, IL

Future sites[edit]

Year Course Location
2023 Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois
2024 Castle Pines Golf Club Castle Rock, Colorado
2025 Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills, Maryland
2026 Bellerive Country Club Town and Country, Missouri



  1. ^ "2013 BMW Championship Earns PGA Tour's Tournament of the Year Honor" (Press release). BMW Group. October 12, 2013.
  2. ^ "FedEx Cup 101". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Cherry Hills to host 2014 BMW Championship". PGA Tour. April 12, 2011.
  4. ^ Martin, Sean (September 18, 2015). "Day's 59 bid comes up short, leads by four". PGA Tour.
  5. ^ "Dustin Johnson wins BMW Championship with talent that's 'jaw-dropping to watch'". Golf Digest. September 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "Wilmington Country Club to host 2022 BMW Championship". BMW Championship. November 17, 2020.
  7. ^ "BMW Championship | 2023 Priority Ticket Program". BMW Championship. Retrieved May 4, 2022.

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Coordinates: 39°47′49″N 75°35′49″W / 39.797°N 75.597°W / 39.797; -75.597